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A Few Favorites

Sharing a few recent favorites, from books to moments and everything in between!

Moments

Bath time with Sadie. She’s just so content and cute in the bathtub! We are really loving this bathtub and this shampoo + body wash combo at the moment. There’s nothing like a freshly bathed baby all snuggled up in pajamas. Love it!

My own bath time. Fitting in a shower is tough sometimes! I’ve had a few days where Sadie was content to sit in her rock n play and I’d shower and peek out to find her and Malcolm watching me!

When Jimmy dresses Sadie. He got her all ready before my hematology appointment last week and it was adorable to see which outfit he picked out.

Reading a Christmas Bible study on my Bible app.

Decorating for Christmas. We aren’t putting up a tree this year because we don’t have room (small house + baby gear problems, lol), but we’ve decorated the outside of our house with garland, lights, a flag, and the sign below. We also have some indoor decorations up, which I show at the end of my most recent vlog!

Wooden manger scene Christmas decoration

Crafting. I’ve caught the crafting bug and have a million little projects I want to complete.

(Baby) Books

Baby Signs by Joy Allen. At two months, Sadie is a bit young for sign language, but this is helping me brush up on my signing so I can teach her. I haven’t been consistent about learning it since my Penn State days.

Mama Loves You So by Terry Pierce. Rach gifted me this book and it’s so special!

Mighty Dads by Joan Holub. I gave this to Jimmy for Father’s Day and it’s adorable. We’re excited for Sadie to learn about some of the machinery Jimmy uses.

Babies Love Animals by Scarlett Wing.

I Prayed for You by Jean Fischer. I can’t read this, especially the page picture below, without tearing up!

Cleaning supplies

Seventh Generation disinfectant spray. I love that this doesn’t have to be wiped off after use, even on surfaces where food is being prepped!

Method bathroom cleaner. Smells great and works great.

Full Circle detail cleaning brush. I’ve professed my love for this little tool before. Still loving it! I have one in our bathroom and one in our kitchen.

Blogs and Vlogs 

Enough Part I and Part II by Nicole. Man did I need to read those posts. Nicole is such an amazing writer, too.

Vlogging. I’ve been trying to film a vlog every now and then to document our new life as a family.

Happy Things

My siblings expecting their babies ten days apart from each other! My brother and his wife just announced they’re expecting a baby in May, (as are my sister and her husband!)! Hannah and Racquel’s due dates are ten days apart. So, so excited!

Pregnancy announcement picture

What moments/books/things/etc. are your favorite lately?

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Homemade DIY Laundry Booster

I mentioned making homemade laundry booster a few posts back and promised to share the recipe if anyone was interested. Quite a few people were intrigued, so here we are! This DIY homemade booster is simple to put together and smells great.

Borax, arm & hammer washing soda, and felts naptha soap

The ingredients are Borax Detergent Booster, Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda, and Fels-Naptha Laundry Bar & Stain Remover. They’re all very inexpensive and can even be purchased together¬†as a kit on Amazon!

Homemade laundry booster made from borax, washing soda, and fels naptha soap

Homemade DIY Laundry Booster

Ingredients
2 Cups Borax Detergent Booster
2 Cups Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda
2 Bars Fels-Naptha Laundry Bar & Stair Remover

Directions
1. In a large bowl or bucket, finely grate the Fels-Naptha bars with a hand grater.
2. Add the Borax and Arm & Hammer and stir to combine all ingredients.
3. To use, add 1/4 cup of the booster to your empty washing machine before adding clothes. Add your detergent, fabric softener, and clothes and wash as you normally would. For smaller loads, use three tablespoons of the booster.